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2015 EDUCATION COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Education Councils offer parents an opportunity for District and Citywide Leadership with a strong voice in education policy. Attendees will learn about educational councils and how to get involved in the elections.

If you are a parent interested in serving as part of a Community or Citywide Educational Council, you should attend an informational meeting and submit an application beginning February 11, 2015.

Please click this link for more information regarding the CEC informational meetings.


CECInfoSessions2015.pdf

KINDERGARTEN APPLICATIONS

REMINDER:

The deadline to submit a kindergarten application is Friday, February 13, 2015.  If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2010 your child is eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall, so apply now!

You can submit an application online, over the phone by calling 718-935-2400, or in person at a Family Welcome Center.  

For additional information, visit the Kindergarten Admissions website.  If you have any questions or concerns as you complete your application, please call 718-935-2009 or contact ES Enrollment@Schools.nyc.gov.

ARIS and ARIS Parent Link

ARIS and ARIS Parent Link

On December 31, 2014, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) ended its contract with Amplify, the provider of the ARIS and ARIS Parent Link systems.

The DOE is creating a new system to replace ARIS Parent Link that will give families access to online student information in the 2015-16 school year. Until this is available, families and students can work with their teachers and school administrators to stay up-to-date on attendance, test results, and other important information.

Educators can refer to information on the DOE’s
Teacher's Portal and employee intranet for help finding data and information formerly stored in ARIS, ARIS Learn, and ARIS Connect.

    Hot Lunch Calendar now on eChalk

    New on eChalk!
    Schoolfoodnyc.org  
    K-8 Hot Lunch Calendar
    See our tool bar for the link

     

     

    Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures

    CITYWIDE STANDARDS
    of Intervention and Discipline Measures

    The Discipline Code and Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities, K-12

     

    The Discipline Code and Bill of Students Rights and Responsibilities, K-12.pdf

    CITIZENS OF THE MONTH

    Visit our Citizen of the Month board starting in December
    Please follow the link below to see what traites make up a
    "Citizen of the Month"

    Citizens are...[2].pdf

    Good Attendance

    Build the habit of Good Attendance Early!
    Help Your Child Succeed in School
    School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!
    When Do Absences Become a Problem?
    What you can do...
    Did you know???

    Attendance_1PG_0911_FINAL[1].pdf

    NYC's SPEED LIMIT IS CHANGING TO 25 mph

    NYC's Speed Limit
    is changing to 25 MPH
    unless otherwise posted, on November 7th, 2014.

    2014-10-twenty-five-mile-speed-limit-faq.pdf

    PARENT RESOURCE PAGE


    We are pleased to announce an addition to our eChalk,
    the "Parent Resource" link. 
    Accessing this link (located on the tool bar) will bring you
    to a series of "Show Me" videos for Go Math for Kindergarten through 5th Grade.
    These videos will help parents and guardians help your children. 
    As always, We are Working Together to keep  
    P.S.56  
    "A Good Place to Learn and Grow."

    5th Grade Parent Information page

    5th Grade Parent Information page updates as of 01/15/15.
    We are pleased to announce we have added a 5th Grade Parent Information page to our eChalk tool bar.  By clicking this site, 5th grade parents will be able to access information regarding Middle School Open Houses, Middle School Choice letters, upcoming 5th grade events and more useful information.

     

    Ebola / A letter from Chancellor Farina

    Please open attachment for a letter from our Chancellor Carmen Farina regarding Ebola.

    School Community Ebola[1].pdf

    Gifted & Talented


    THE GIFTED AND TALENTED REQUEST FOR TESTING DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 12TH.
    Gifted and Talented applications and practice booklets
    are now available for students in Kindergarten through Third grade
    Please contact your Parent Coordinator, Nancy Falcone if you would like a testing booklet.
    See Attachment for more information.

    default[1].htm

    *Perfect Attendance

    As discussed by Mr. Scali at our PTA meetings, attendance matters.  We are working to improve our schools attendance.  As an incentive, any child who has perfect attendance for the month of September will be receiving tickets to a Wagner College Footballl game.  Watch for your perfect attendance flyer coming home next week! 

    If you attend the game and take pictures of your child receiving their certificate, please forward the pictures via e-mail to nfalcone2@schools.nyc.gov. Your child can appear on our Perfect Attendance board!

    Attendance Matters

    Attendance Matters! 

    Missing a day of school here and there or arriving 10 minutes late may seem inconsequential and at times even insignificant, but consider this: a student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss over 30 hours of instruction during the year — a week of school. A student who is absent just twice a month will miss 20 school days — 4 weeks of school! Each lateness or absence means a student has lost an opportunity to learn. Just as we can never regain a moment of time wasted, missing a day of school means missing a day of education that cannot be retrieved. Students may be able to make up an assignment, but they can never recover what is most important — the discussion, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive.


    P.S. 56 Student Handbook 2014 - 2015

    Attached is the P.S. 56 Student Handbook 2014 - 2015. 
    Please review this handbook with your child and return the Sign-Off page to your child's teachers by September 16th, 2014.

     

    2014-15 Student Handbook (1).pdf

    MyLunchMoney.com

    PS56 is now a POS lunch system school. 
    Please visit www.myLunchMoney.com and click on "Enroll Now" or call Customer Service at (800) 479-3531.

    DO YOU OWE LUNCH MONEY?

    Dear Parents,

     If your child eats hot lunch, you are responsible for payment. You can send the money to the school which will then be credited to your child/children's account, or you can go online to www.myLunchMoney.com and click: "Enroll Now"  to set up an account. Balances that are outstanding in June will be carried over to the coming year in September. Therefore you will be starting off the new school year with a negative balance.

                                                                                                              Thank You,
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               Dean Scali
                                                                                                               Principal                                        
        

     

    U-Turns Prohibited in NYS School Zones

    U-TURNS PROHIBITED IN NYS SCHOOL ZONES:
    NEW LAW STARTS NOVEMBER 1, 2013
    NYS Vehicles & Traffic Law 1161B.
    b.No motor vehicle shall make a U turn within a school zone.  For the purposes of this subdivision, the term "school zone" shall mean the distance along a highway passing a school building, entrance or exit of a school abutting on the highway for which a school sign (S1-1) has been posted pursuant to this chapter and in compliance with the manual on uniform traffic control devices maintained pursuant to section sixteen hundred eighty of this chapter.

     

    Announcements

    We need your help!
    Please refrain from driving down Kramer Avenue during arrival and dismissal.
    Kramer Avenue is a closed street from 8:00AM - 4:00PM.  Our school busses can not get down Kramer Avenue if you are parked in front of the school.Thank you for your cooperation.

    Dial-A-Teacher

     DIAL-A-TEACHER  
    1-212-777-3380

    Free help with homework!
    Reading - Math - Writing - Science
    Call on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
    4:00 - 7:00 pm
    A teacher will answer, ready to help.
    United Federation of Teachers and Department of Education of the city of New York

    Managing Test Anxiety

    The Department of Education has given some suggestions
    to help students overcome test anxiety.  
    Please see attachment for ideas.

    TestAnxietyHandout032510a.pdf

    NY Restoration Project / Million Trees NYC



    Our trees are planted! 
    Click the links below for pictures and an article appearing in the Staten Island Advance.



    Dear PS 56 Community:
    We are happy to announce that approximately thirty trees will be planted around our school grounds and inside our schoolyard.  Holes will be pre-drilled and then filled in on Tuesday, September 24th, between the hours of 11:00am-3:00pm.  This is so that on the day of planting, Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 the trees can be more easily planted by the New York Restoration Project and Million TreesNYC.  We have been awaiting the arrival and planting of the trees for the last two years and are very happy that the trees will finally be planted, helping to beautify our neighborhood.
    As always, please use caution when driving and walking to PS 56 each and every morning and please obey traffic laws.
    Thank you,
    Dean Scali
    http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/10/staten_island_td_bank_employee.html?&co=f000000009816s-1158206718
    million trees4.bmp

    Respect for All Week


    Respect for All at P.S. 56
    We will be celebrating random acts of kindness
    throughout our school community
    anti_bullying[1].docx

    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, March 11
    PTA MEETING 7:15 PM
    Wednesday, March 18
    REPORT CARDS
    Thursday, March 19
    PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
    Thursday, March 26
    PS 56 PTA AUCTION